2019 Highlights & Plans for 2020

Harvesting vegetables and building an elk-proof fence.

Highlights from 2019 include:

  • after upgrading to better accessibility and refinishing the log walls in Cabins 1 & 2, we installed new roof shingles on all four cabins and on the main building
  • accessible fire pit completed and many wieners were burned
  • 4,000 pounds of vegetables from our gardens were donated to food banks in the area
  • apple and cherry trees produced their first harvest (albeit small)
  • new fences keep larger mammals out of orchard and gardens
  • visitors included the Connect Society (for the hearing impaired), seniors from Edmonton, Warburg Cloverleaf Manor, and two groups of alumni from the University of Guelph in Ontario
  • a great grey owl took up residence near the lodge and we had visits from four wolves, and many elk, moose, deer, coyotes, and beaver
  • Christmas bird count listed 138 birds from 14 species
  • a significant donation increased our Disability Travel Fund, held at the Edmonton Community Foundation
  • casino fund-raiser supported our accessibility renovations
  • a major donation of heavy equipment assists in managing the property

Plans for 2020:

  • we will celebrate our 5th Anniversary of ownership of the lodge on October 13, 2020
  • in the process of listing the lodge as a “birding hotspot”
  • building more bird nest boxes, feeding stations and bat boxes
  • shelters for hikers and wildlife blinds for photographers on the trails
  • an expanded slate of events for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • as funds become available, we will convert the former recreation centre into a reception centre, upgrade equipment storage sheds, and upgrade the campground